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Starting solid food is an exciting milestone! There's a lot to keep in mind as you introduce solids, such as which foods to offer, whether to introduce foods in a certain order, and whether to spoon-feed or let your baby lead the way. We've gathered some parent-tested tips to make the process a little bit easier.
Don't start when your baby is hungry. Give your baby a little breast milk or formula before offering solids.
Start with pureed foods.
Some favorite firsts:
- Sweet potato
- Single-grain cereal
You can start solids at around 4 to 6 months.
For your first few feedings, give your baby just 1 to 2 teaspoons.
For now, your baby's nutrition still comes from breast milk or formula.
Introduce solids one at a time. Wait at least 3 days after each new food to check for allergic reactions.
Medically reviewed byKT Park, M.D., gastroenterologist
Last updated: September 2017